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“Delightful, peaceful spot” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beguinage (Begijnhof)

Beguinage (Begijnhof)
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Paris to Bruges Day Trip
Ranked #9 of 152 things to do in Bruges
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
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“Delightful, peaceful spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

Wander over the bridge and enjoy the peace and seclusion of this walled nunnery. A small museum shows how the beguines lived, and we were fortunate enough to witness the nuns called to prayer at midday and sit through some of the service. A welcome change of pace from the Christmas markets.

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A step back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

very peaceful and if you are lucky enough to be in the church within the grounds at certain times you will hear the nuns cantations.

Visited December 2013
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London, UK
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“An oasis of tranquillity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

We just stumbled upon this peaceful place. The shop has a great choice of Christmas cribs from all over the world.

Visited December 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Oasis of calm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

So quaint. Free to enter. Beautiful tranquil setting. The shop is good for some crafts and cards. Would love to see it in the Spring with the daffodils out.

Visited December 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Welcome respite - an oasis of calm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

This was far and away my favourite place in Bruges - the sense of enclosure and calm amidst the hectic Christmas tourist season was so very welcome, and most people seemed to respect the small signs asking for quiet. The church is small and simple, a lovely place to sit and reflect for a while, and I recommend that you try to make one of the daily offices there - I observed the vespers office at 4.30pm, which was sung, and very beautiful. Although why people feel the need to storm in on loud heels panning their I-pads all around at the nuns beats the hell out of me - try taking the thing from in front of your face and contemplating for a minute where you are and what you are seeing! Aside from that, it was beautiful - fantastic architecture and sense of place, and of course those iconic views from without. The little museum is very atmospheric and definitely worth a look too.

Visited December 2013
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